Activities: 2005: Bio: Oguin

July 14, 2005

Ambassador Cyrille S. Oguin
Embassy of Benin
Washington, D.C. 

Topic:  The Future of Africa.

Cyrille S. Oguin became Ambassador of Benin to the United States on March 13, 2001.  Ambassador Oguin, began his diplomatic career as early as March 1978, has wide professional experience in both the central administration of the Ministry of External Affairs and Cooperation as well as foreign posts thanks to various technical positions that he held within the Ministry.

He is also well versed in International Affairs with his attendance at different international conferences. As Second Secretary of the Benin Embassy in Accra (Ghana) from 1979 to 1984, he led this mission as Charge d’Affaires Ad Interim from July 1981 to September 1982, with jurisdiction over Togo, Burkina Faso.  Before his appointment, Ambassador Oguin served as Director of Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice, Legislation and Human Rights of Benin (1998-2000), Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Minister of External Affairs and Cooperation (1995-1996), and later as Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In November 2000, Ambassador Oguin was inducted into the Knighthood of Benin National Order (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Benin). In August 2001, he was promoted to “Officier de l’Ordre National du Benin” for his contribution to Human Rights.

Ambassador Oguin is an alumna of the Algiers National School of Administration—Foreign Service, and of the Geneva Graduate Institute of International Relations, where he obtained a M. Phil in Law and International Relations. He is a member of the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development that is leading the process of Reconciliation initiated in Benin with the black Diaspora including African Americans.

He is married with two children, speaks French and English, and has a knowledge of Arabic, which he writes and reads.

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